Tag Archives: Democracy

Why Amnesty’s word still matters – #ICM2015

Amnesty International held its International Council Meeting (ICM) this last week in Dublin. The Strategic Goals were the most important issue under consideration, but Amnesty delegates from all over the world also talked about internal governance nationally and internationally, fundraising, … Continue reading

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What matters in the EU debate? Numbers, authorship or content?

I attended yesterday an event organised by the European Institute of the LSE. The title was: “European Parliament Elections: What is at stake?” The speakers were Stuart Wheeler, UKIP treasurer, Maurice Fraser and Sara Hagemann, from LSE, and Mark Leonard, … Continue reading

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Rights as Democracy? A short response to Bellamy

Last week a few members of King’s College London held the first session of our reading group on Law and Social Sciences. We discussed Richard Bellamy’s “Rights as Democracy” (2012), and we also read Isaiah Berlin’s seminal “Two Concepts of … Continue reading

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We need to fight the pensée unique about the EU

Cas Mudde raises a very important issue in a recent article in Open Democracy (“The European elite’s politics of fear”). Mudde criticises “the EU elite’s long-standing warning against alleged threats from so-called anti-Europeans”. A penetrating discourse is spreading from Brussels … Continue reading

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Are human rights claims morally virtuous?

At the inaugural lecture of Northumbria University last November, Lord Justice Laws provocatively asks “whether human rights make us bad citizens”. (Read the comment by Rosalind English in UK Human Rights Blog). Bearing in mind that the discourse of rights … Continue reading

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Crisis, active citizenship and human rights

If I have learned one thing out of this crisis, it is that the economy is far too important to be granted to economists and democracy is far too precious to be bestowed to politicians. We must reclaim democracy by … Continue reading

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How does an empire turn into a country like any other?

On the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, today Tristam Hunt asks himself in The Guardian how the age of Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered. The article goes over some of the most important changes Britain went through in the … Continue reading

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